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Old 09-29-2009, 09:31 AM   #12286
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Giant's philosophy on life is to make as indestructible a bike as it can. It doesn't want em coming back cracked. As such, it won't be the lightest out there, but you'll ride it for miles and miles.

If yer wondering (you prolly weren't) Giant makes a LOT of bikes for other manufacturers. Prolly one of the biggest if not THE biggest carbon bike manf out there.

Felt bikes are good.
Fuji "

Like it was said above, its hard to find a real turd any more.

Token and Pedalforce are two of the 'direct to the consumer' Asian brands that I've heard good things about. If you look at their frames, you'll see design elements of the frames they make for their OEM customers

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Thanks M

I might look at Giant then. I am not too concerned about the weight of the bike - I'm a porker myself so I'm not going to spend 500 bucks to save a few ounces on the bike when I can lose that (ha ). I want something that's tough and strong to cope with my fat ass doing some pretty mild trails.

I think given what I want to do on the bike, and as many are saying (no real turkeys out there at this price point) I think I should be OK.

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Old 09-29-2009, 12:46 PM   #12287
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Giant's philosophy on life is to make as indestructible a bike as it can. It doesn't want em coming back cracked. As such, it won't be the lightest out there, but you'll ride it for miles and miles.





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My race bike is a giant anthem. It weighs 22.1 lbs. It's all about the build. I don't know about price, but it probably costs about the same as a new sv650. The frame has been beat over the past 3 years. I've replaced linkage bearings once, but those are wear items. I plan to upgrade to a carbon anthem and give my bike to zippo this year.








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Old 09-29-2009, 04:45 PM   #12288
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Dood!

That's the bike/frame I want! You suck.

On a different note: had an 'interview' at PBS here in Tucson. Hadta fix a bike that one of the mechanics screwed up.

Went well.

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Old 09-30-2009, 05:49 PM   #12289
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neat, but I'd never ride a step through
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Old 09-30-2009, 06:16 PM   #12290
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I guess what I'm asking is, is there a manufacturer that generally is considered to offer more bang for the bucks compared to others ?

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I would def say gary fisher. They're kind of like the suzuki of the bike world; not really refined but bang for the buck is definitely there. Downside is that you can expect that's it's going to be made obsolete by the next year's bike. If you can pick one up lightly used they're a really good deal, depreciation is ridiculous.

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Old 09-30-2009, 07:34 PM   #12291
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Gary Fisher frames break...A LOT.
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:42 PM   #12292
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In the year I worked for a Fisher dealer, I had exactly zero bikes come back broken. YMMV tho



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Old 09-30-2009, 10:56 PM   #12293
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In the year I worked for a Fisher dealer, I had exactly zero bikes come back broken. YMMV tho



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My '96 super caliber is doing fine. Of course, 1 1/4" headtube and pressed in bottom bracket have their own trials and tribulations. . .
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Old 10-01-2009, 03:28 AM   #12294
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anything of decent quality lightly used will be good for the $$-like he said depreciation is ridicluous
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Old 10-01-2009, 05:33 AM   #12295
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neat, but I'd never ride a step through
Pretty cool bicycle storage, approx. 10 cents per day, $18 per month for secure parking, and it reduced sidewalk conjestion.. neat.
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Old 10-01-2009, 06:19 AM   #12296
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In the year I worked for a Fisher dealer, I had exactly zero bikes come back broken. YMMV tho



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Depends on how you ride. I work in a shop and we have about 30 frames sitting in the basement from the last year. Lifetime warranty though and they usually have a new frame in 3 days. Some customers have broken 5 or 6 frames, others are still on their first. If you are a big guy and don't pick smooth lines, you might break a frame. It is more the hard tails also.
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Old 10-01-2009, 06:41 AM   #12297
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Most of the ones I've seen break on the mtbr forum have been 200+ lb guys jumping 20lb race bikes. I mean use some common sense, buy the right kind of bike for what you wanna do and you'll be fine. i've got a 99 big sur that's fine.
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Old 10-01-2009, 06:56 AM   #12298
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I don't know what year that was, but it wasn't 2005-2009.
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Old 10-01-2009, 08:50 AM   #12299
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I don't know what year that was, but it wasn't 2005-2009.
Actually, it was Dec 07 on

Like I said: YMMV

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Old 10-01-2009, 08:57 AM   #12300
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Well lookey here, a 2001 Specialized Stump Jumper FSR has just come up for sale in FM and it's very close to me - that's a sign I think

So, a 2001
Specialized Stump Jumper FSR - any good ? No disk brakes but I can live with that.

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